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Spanish President Mariano Rajoy (by ACN)

29 July 2011 08:21 PM

The opposition celebrates Zapatero’s announcement for an early general election

The conservative leader, Mariano Rajoy, says the new government will have a “very difficult task because Spain has many problems”. Catalan nationalist Josep Antoni Duran i Lleida argues that Zapatero’s decision will bring “stability” to the economy.
Prime Minister Zapatero and Socialist candidate Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (by ACN)

29 July 2011 04:42 PM

Early Spanish general election set for November 20th

Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announces that Spaniards will go to polls four months earlier than scheduled. The Spanish Parliament will be dissolved on September 26. The election will be a contest between former Interior Minister...
The tunnel of the high speed train in Barcelona has been completed (by ACN)

27 July 2011 05:56 PM

Spanish minister for Infrastructure "committed" to the new Mediterranean Corridor

The Minister of Public Works, José Blanco, announces his desires for the first stage of the project, linking Valencia and Barcelona, to develop in September. The train that will connect the main Mediterranean cities with Europe by rail is a...
Catalan president Artur Mas (by ACN)

22 July 2011 11:22 PM

Full fiscal autonomy for Catalonia in exchange for a “permanent and stable ally”

Catalan President Artur Mas will give full support to the next Spanish government if it accepts a new fiscal arrangement for Catalonia. Mas says his party, the centre-right nationalist Convergència i Unió, is the only political force able to...
The PSOE candidate for the Spanish general election, Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba (by ACN)

21 July 2011 09:35 PM

There is "suspicion" in Spain about the use of Catalan as the main language in Catalonia's schools, admits Rubalcaba

"Catalanophobia exists" and "Catalonia has to communicate its ideals if it is to be understood by the rest of Spain" says the socialist candidate to the next Spanish general elections
Robert Casajuana, an international bond trader at one of the most established companies in London, King & Shaxson (by ACN)

21 July 2011 05:37 PM

"With information, investors realize that Catalonia is really making an effort," said a broker in the City of London

Robert Casajuana warns, however, that Spain is "getting dangerously close" to offering yields of 7% for 10 year bonds, the point, according to him, "of no return"
Catalan president Artur Mas (by ACN)

18 July 2011 09:23 PM

Catalonia is committed to take a firm stance against the deficit despite all the backlashes, Artur Mas tells the Wall Street Journal

Characterised as one of the most powerful men in combating the Spanish financial crisis, Catalan President Artur Mas presents his forceful economic strategy to the US newspaper
Moritz beers sent to Brussels, with a special label for the occasion (by ACN)

14 July 2011 12:55 AM

One of the European Parliament Vice Presidents considers Catalonia a model for linguistic minority rights

László T?kés, from the Hungarian minority in Romania and member of the European People’s Party, supports the “linguistic rights” of minorities in front of a European Union “sometimes too ignorant”. “I don’t like integration being...
Mahmoud Abbas, in June 2011 (by Reuters / Mohamad Torokman)

13 July 2011 11:53 PM

Mahmoud Abbas to visit the Union for the Mediterranean Headquarters in Barcelona

The President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, supports the Union for the Mediterranean initiative. The UfM decided to build its first project in Gaza: a desalinisation water plant and distribution system. Abbas will meet with...
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